As an obsessive blogger, my work is never done. Even when I'm offline, I'm thinking about blogging. The other day, I was cycling along minding my own business, when I clocked a beautifully dressed woman walking down the street. It was Gitte Lee. 'Excuse me,' I yelled excitedly from the kerbside, 'You're on the cover of the Advanced Style book aren't you?' The 78-year-old former model was very charming, told me that she's often recognised and allowed me to take this cheeky snap. What I love about Lee is her timeless style. The fact that she does her own thing regardless of what's in fashion - in nearly every photo she's wearing a wide brimmed hat, summer coat and wide leg trousers. This signature look is easier to see in Ari Seth Cohen's photograph (not taken from a bicycle, in the glare of the midday sun):
So, numbers one and two on my warm weather checklist are: a sun hat and a pair of wide leg trousers. I have several pairs that I love wafting around in. Might have to ask in-house photographer Mr That's Not My Age if he fancies a spot of trouser action, this week.
Number three is the stripy maxi dress. I know I'm repeating myself here but I'm not the only fashion journalist in town who believes in the power of the striped frock. It was a case of Style Snap, last week, when I bumped into the very lovely Sally-Ann Caroll:
A couple of readers asked where they could find something similar - Sally Ann's dress is from New Look, last year (this year they appear to have ditched the sleeves), and the best I've come up with is this maxi dress in the sale at Jaeger. But it's in the sale, so get your skates on:
And Boden has a sleeveless version that could be worn with a tricep-concealing denim jacket or knotted white shirt:
Having been slayed by Sandal Rub, you may have noticed that I've ditched my plimsoll boycott and reverted to Converse. The All Stars were sidelined several years ago when I spotted David Cameron in a pair - and as anyone who watched Wimbledon knows, this is not a man with much summer style sense. But mostly, I've been wearing checklist item number four: Clarks Originals. These tan leather sandals are great on my bike and look good with black Harem pants and faded jeans. Plus, they're in the sale too, so I might just treat myself to another pair.
What's on your warm weather checklist?